By Emily Gorman Fancy and FANNY SLATER



John Rees, Rees Architecture


John Rees, a multi-state NCARB-licensed architect and general contractor, specializes in custom homes and major commercial projects, such as retail shops, hotels, and office buildings. Some of his local commercial clients include Port City Java, Shell Island Resort, and Jersey Mike’s. Customers appreciate Rees’s efficient, accessible, and easy-going manner.


Gary Shipman, Shipman & Wright


With over 30 years of practicing law in Wilmington, Gary Shipman has developed a reputation for delivering sound legal advice and representation. Shipman and Wright LLP specializes in a myriad of law, including personal injury, medical malpractice, estate taxes and planning, wrongful death, and business law. Over Shipman’s career, his motto has remained the same: “Look out for the best interest of the client.”


Keith Rhodes, Catch


This year marks the 11th year that rock star Chef Keith Rhodes and his wife Angela unveiled Catch Restaurant in Wilmington. The globally-infused, local menu is a result of Rhodes’ James Beard award-winning skill set, and his steadfast devotion to North Carolina seafood and produce. Go for the Cajun-fried NC Oysters with Bleu Cheese Slaw.

Dentist, Adult

Edgerton and Fisher


With a focus on listening to their patients’ needs and providing quality oral care, Edgerton and Fisher have developed a loyal patient following throughout the Wilmington area. To ease the anxiety that some experience with dental visits, Edgerton and Fisher have created a comforting and calm environment. In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Edgerton and Dr. Fisher offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and full smile makeovers.

Dentist, Pediatric

White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Halley White and Dr. Andy Johnson have created an inviting and fun atmosphere where young patients can receive excellent dental care. With offices in Wilmington and Jacksonville, White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry serves patients from infant to teen, including children with special needs. Their warm approach and solid expertise have cultivated a strong local following.

Interior Designer

Teal Interior Design


Teal Interior Design’s team draws upon their vast knowledge of contemporary and historic design as well as the distinct personality of each client for all of their unique design jobs. As a full-service firm, Teal Interior Design handles the entire process, from initial consultation to final installation. Teal’s beautiful work speaks for itself, making the firm Wilmington’s favorite interior designer.

Local TV Station



WECT TV keeps its viewers abreast of the latest developments in local and national news through morning, midday, and evening TV broadcasts. Additionally, news updates and weather forecasts are also shared via social media and WECT’s website. They have cultivated a loyal following by providing accurate news stories in a timely manner.


Carolina Pediatrics of Wilmington


Started by Dr. Mary Forehand in 1989 and now offering offices in Wilmington and Hampstead, Carolina Pediatrics is known for their gentle, engaged, and professional pediatric care. Families appreciate their convenient walk-in hours for sick and urgent care as well as their nurse advice line.

Plastic Surgeon

Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology


Patients seeking plastic surgery treatments trust Dr. Ricciardelli, who has more than 20 years of experience and double board certifications in plastic surgery and otolaryngology. Summit Plastic Surgery provides a range of treatments falling under the umbrellas of facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body sculpting.

Radio Station

Sunny 103.7


Boasting “More Music – More Variety,” Sunny 103.7 is Wilmington Magazine readers’ choice for best radio station. Sunny 103.7 plays a mix of music from retro hits to top 40, and its popular Morning Show with Sheila Brothers keeps listeners entertained on their morning commute.

Real Estate Agency

Intracoastal Realty


With 12 offices and more than 400 agents throughout southeastern North Carolina, Intracoastal Realty can help you sell your current home or find the home of your dreams. Their exceptional neighborhood knowledge, referral rate, and customer service have made Intracoastal a market leader in the Wilmington region.


Paws & Claws Animal Hospital


Four-legged furry family members receive top-notch care at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinarian practice and boarding kennel. With the motto “Devoted vets for beloved pets,” the veterinarian staff treat dogs, cats, and exotic animals in a warm, professional environment.

Wedding Planner

Salt Harbor Designs


Salt Harbor Designs, a full-service wedding planning and design firm, believes “the story is in the details.” Salt Harbor’s work has achieved national recognition, with their wedding designs featured in The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, Carolina Bride, and Southern Living. Clients laud the Salt Harbor staff’s organization skills, professionalism, and attention to detail.

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